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K1 Podcast: Rams forced the worst out of Kyler Murray and the Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs for a touchdown as Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Samson Ebukam looks on during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Kyler Murray didn’t have much of a chance to get going Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

His Arizona Cardinals defense didn’t do him any favors. The offensive line understandably struggled against a Rams front led by Aaron Donald.

Arizona got behind early and never found a rhythm. Murray finished with 163 passing yards (19-of-34 completions), a pick-six interception and a 15-yard rushing touchdown late in the 34-7 blowout loss.

In the latest K1 Podcast, co-hosts Kevin Zimmerman and Rudy Carpenter break down Murray’s worst outing as a pro and get into the complicated problems with the Cardinals’ roster as the team enters the final quarter of the season.

2:54 — Jared Goff went off and won the NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor for how he played against the Cardinals. How bad is it for Arizona’s defense?

6:35 — The Cardinals didn’t get the run game going despite talk about involving all three of their running backs. Why?

8:29 — Murray’s tweaked hamstring wasn’t blamed for his worst performance. But he’s being asked to do too much, Rudy says.

10:44 — What did Rudy see from Murray while he was facing frequent pressure and the Rams defensive backs jumping routes?

13:22 — General manager Steve Keim’s job security is coming into question, as is defensive coordinator Vance Joseph’s. But the Cardinals and head coach Kliff Kingsbury must determine which players can be core pieces. The decision-making along the Cardinals’ totem pole of leadership makes things complicated.

17:00 — Kevin and Rudy think the Cardinals need to commit to going young and building for the future. That gets dicey with key players like David Johnson and Patrick Peterson struggling.

19:33 — The Steelers are up. They’ve won six of their last seven behind a very strong defense.

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